This is NOT your typical "i want to do banking will a CFA help LOL!?!?!?" thread. I've already made substantial progress towards the CFA designation, and am wondering whether or not to leave it off my resume when I try to lateral into banking.
A bit of background: I graduated back in 2009 and started my career at a muni-bond financial advisory shop. The CFA was somewhat valued there, so I signed up for the December '10 exam early last year. Not too long afterwards, I was laid off along with my analyst class. After about 4 months of unemployment, I landed my current gig as an FP&A analyst at a large Silicon Valley tech company that you've definitely heard of. Though the CFA designation is not particularly relevant to my position, I decided to take the test since I had already paid for it and passed L1 in December.
Fast-forward to today... I've been at the new company for just under a year. I like the gig no doubt, but am thinking of trying to lateral into banking or corp dev within the next year or two. Although I will defend the CFA curriculum to the death as the most relevant for banking, I realize that it's not the most respected designation in the field. If you were in my shoes, would you leave "CFA Level II/II Candidate" off the resume when applying?
Any insights are much appreciated.